Bullet Points: Trivia and non-trivia

BulletPointNews_logo*  World’s oldest newly-weds—George Kirby, 103, and Doreen Luckie, 91, became the world’s oldest newly-weds in June when they tied the knot in southern England.

“I didn’t get down on one knee,” he said, “because I don’t think I would have been able to get back up.” (We can only guess at their longevity secrets!)

* Repeated infections may lower IQ—Scientists analyzed the hospital records of 190,000 Danish men born between 1974 and 1994. Before taking an IQ test at age 19, 35 percent of the men had landed in the hospital with serious infections.

The average IQ score of the subjects was 1.76 points below average. Those with five or more hospitalizations had an average IQ that was 9.44 points lower than average!

* Coffee grounds high in antioxidant and antimicrobial properties—It has traditionally been assumed that coffee grounds have little value and most of them end up in landfills. However, in a study published in Food Science and Technology, researchers found that the antioxidant effects of coffee grounds are 500 times greater than those found in vitamin C.

Gardeners have long known that coffee grounds are excellent compost for plants. Now we know why.

* Where Medicare money goes—About 15 percent of Medicare recipients accounted for 41 percent of the $324 billion spend on Medicare in 2012.

These sickest seniors often have six or more chronic ailments, such as diabetes, heart disease, asthma and Alzheimer’s.

* Supplementing the Mediterranean diet for cognitive function—Supplementing the plant-based Mediterranean diet with antioxidant-rich extra virgin olive oil and mixed nuts was associated with improved cognitive function in older adults in Spain, according to an article published in JAMA Internal Medicine.

The study points out the lack of effective treatments for dementia and Alzheimer’s, and the need for preventive nutritional strategies to prevent, delay or minimize the effects of these devastating conditions.

* Illegal lemonade stands—Police forced a pair of sisters in Texas to shut down their lemonade stand because they didn’t have a permit.

Andrea Green, 8, and her sister Zoey, 7, were raising money to buy a Father’s Day gift, but the ‘law’ told them the lemonade must be temperature-controlled. (Lemonade stands have been the target of ‘crackdowns’ across the U.S. for the last few years.)

* Study links manganese deficiency and GMO feed—Manganese is an often overlooked but vital nutrient, required in small amounts for multiple essential functions in the body.

A recent study, published in Surgical Neurology International revealed that cows fed GM Roundup Ready feed lack or are severely depleted of manganese. Glyphosate, the active ingredient in Roundup, has also been shown to severely deplete manganese levels (as well as many other essential nutrients).

Sources: The Week, Acres USA

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